What isn't there to love about warm gooey cashew butter with grilled mangoes, coconut, cashews candied ginger and honey between two whole wheat slices of bread?
Earlier this week I offered to make my favourite farmer a skinny elvis sandwich ( Mamma Peas's remake of the grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich). I was expecting a, "Wow! That sooooooo nice of you! Almond butter & strawberries that is possibly the most delicious combination I have ever heard of (maybe my expectations were a LITTLE unrealistic)!" what I got was, "How about bananas and coconut?". It turns out that it would be a couple of days before farmer got any kind of sandwich and in the end not really the sandwich she wanted.
Grilled Mango & Cashew Butter Sandwiches
1 ripe mango grilled
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 slices of whole wheat bread
4 Tbsp cashew butter
2 Tbsp raw cashews
2 slices candied ginger (thinly sliced)
2 tsp honey (maple syrup, brown rice syrup)
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil melted (margarine, butter, olive oil will work as well)
Begin by slicing the mango into thin slices. Combine maple syrup, lime juice, & vanilla bean paste in a small bowl. Marinate mango for approximately 5 minutes (by this time I've probably eaten 1/2 of the mango). Reserve leftover marinate.
Grill mango for approximately 5 minutes turning when grill marks appear. I used my George Foreman "Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine" (makes me laugh).
Add several teaspoons (I used 2) of reserved marinade to the cashew butter along with cardamom & cinnamon and combine thoroughly. Spread 1 Tbsp of cashew butter on each slice of bread. Top two slices of bread with grilled mango, coconut, raw cashews, thinly sliced candied ginger, and coconut. Drizzle with 1 tsp of honey (or more!). Top sandwiches with additional slices of bread.
Lightly brush both sides of each sandwich with melted coconut butter then place in a preheated skillet.
Grill for several minutes on each side until toasted and cashew butter is gooey but not exploding out of your sandwich. Gobble up!
* Consider using a variety of nut/seed butters (almond, peanut, sunflower, peanut, cashew) dried & fresh fruit (cherries, raisins, peaches, bananas), nuts & seeds (sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, pistachios) and sweeteners (brown rice syrup, maple syrup, honey).